Elevated Existence July 2017 Spiritual and Self-Help Book Picks

Each month, a ton of new spiritual and self-help books hit the market. It’s easy to get overwhelmed or miss out on some new releases.

We created Elevated Existence Monthly Book Picks to help our readers narrow down their search, and make sure they don’t miss some great options!

Here are the picks for July 2017. They are listed below in alphabetical order. Click on each title to go directly to Amazon and find out more about the book.


“The Compassion Revolution: 30 Days of Living from the Heart,” by Amy Leigh Mercree
Author Amy Leigh Mercree offers uplifting stories, contemplation prompts, meditations and other fun activities, to immerse yourself in compassion while drawing inspiration from her positive perspective. The Compassion Revolution includes practical ideas like technology curfews, personal dance parties, rewiring your brain, and social media hashtags and quotes to help you connect with the compassion movement, and return to you innate, kind self with 30 days of self-love, peace and living from the heart.


“Heartwork: The Path of Self-Compassion — 9 Practices for Opening the Heart,” by Radhule Weininger
The technique called self-compassion can be the greatest of blessings because the compassion you learn to apply to yourself naturally extends to all the other people in your life. With nine simple mindfulness practices Radhule Weininger provides a step-by-step course in self-compassion to live from that place of intelligent kindness in the face of life’s difficulties. Using stories drawn from her own life and those of others she shows that, with the right intention and practice, we can all deepen our capacity to respond skillfully to our own suffering and thus to that of others and our world.


“The Joy Plan: How I Took 30 Days to Stop Worrying, Quit Complaining and Find Ridiculous Happiness,” by Kaia Roman
As a mother, a wife, and a businesswoman, Kaia Roman always had a plan. But when the business she cofounded collapsed, she found herself crushed by depression. And with a husband and two kids relying on her to get out of bed, she didn’t have a plan to move forward.  Determined to turn her life around and put her ingrained habits of stress and anxiety behind her, she decided to put everything else on hold and dedicate 30 days to the singular pursuit of joy. The results were astonishing-and lasted much longer than the initial month-long project.

In this memoir, she uses her business savvy to create a concrete Joy Plan to get back on her feet fast. Using scientific research on hormones, neurotransmitters and mindfulness, along with the daily dedication to creating a more joyful existence, she teaches readers how to move past temporary happiness and succeed in creating joy that lasts. Complete with advice, exercises, and key takeaways, this book offers a step-by-step guide to how she, and everyone else, can ditch the negative and plan for the joy in their lives.


“Making Love Last: Divorce-Proofing Your Young Marriage,” by Laura Taggert
With 30 years experience as a licensed marriage and family therapist, Laura Taggart understands the unique struggles of newly married couples who find marriage much more difficult than they imagined. In this practical and hopeful book, Taggart offers the wisdom and help she would share as a counselor with a couple beginning their marriage. She helps couples examine their true expectations for marriage, provides six action steps for improving the way couples relate, and gives couples a new picture of what it means to enjoy marriage for a lifetime. And each chapter includes discussion questions for couples or small groups as well as additional questions for personal reflection.


“The Path to Personal Power,” by Napoleon Hill
In this lost manuscript from the “grandfather of self-help,” Napoleon Hill provides timeless wisdom on how to attain a more successful and wealthy life using simple principles. He first wrote this book in 1941, intending it as a handbook for people lifting themselves out of the Great Depression. But upon the bombing of Pearl Harbor and America’s entrance into World War II, these lessons were put aside and largely forgotten–until today. The book is a powerful roadmap that leads to a single discovery — we already have the power to attain whatever wealth, success and prosperity we desire in life.


”The Present Parent Handbook: 26 Simple Tools to Discover that This Moment, This Action, This Thought, This Feeling is Exactly Why I’m Here,” by Timothy Dukes
If you can recognize your child needs to be witnessed, held and loved by you, he or she will have a chance to thrive. With all the distractions of work, technology, and life in general, The Present Parent Handbook invites parents to be mentally and emotionally available to their children. With an easy-to-follow A to Z format, every parent will be able to implement the 26+ simple tools to become a more present parent for their children.


“Soul Journeying: Shamanic Tools for Finding Your Destiny and Recovering Your Spirit,” by Alberto Villoldo
Psychologist and medical anthropologist Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., explains the practices for healing outside of ordinary time and space. It shows how to enter the timeless “now” to heal events that occurred in the past, and to correct the course of destiny. Villoldo discusses ways to heal yourself and loved ones by employing intention through practices used by shamans of the Americas —w hich, until now, have been inaccessible to most of the world. The shamans of old called this “journeying.”

In this book, you’ll discover in the same way you have a four-chambered heart, you have a four-chambered soul. In the first chamber, you store away the memory of a wound that derailed your destiny. In the second, you keep the limiting beliefs and soul contracts that you entered into at the time of your loss. In the third, you recover the grace and trust that will make you whole again; and in the fourth, you remember the calling and mission that you choose to unfold in this lifetime.


“The Subtle Body Coloring Book: Learn Energetic Anatomy from the Chakras to the Meridians and More,” by Cyndi Dale
Coloring is more than just an enjoyable way to learn about the energy systems that govern our health—it’s also an effective practice to help awaken your intuitive connection to your chakras, meridians, and more. With The Subtle Body Coloring Book, Cyndi Dale joins illustrator Richard Wehrman to bring you an illustrated resource on healing modalities from a variety of traditions, inviting you to tour the major energy structures of the subtle body — fields, channels and centers; the body’s auras and electromagnetic biofield; the meridians; chakras, acupressure points; organs and more.